At North East Dental Arts, we believe that every effort should be made to avoid tooth extractions. However, when tooth decay or gum infection is severe enough, there may not be another treatment that can cure the infection. In this case, our Doctors will recommend an extraction. Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Redness in gums
Other conditions that may necessitate extraction include cracked teeth from trauma, severe crowding, or preparation for orthodontic treatment. In all cases, tooth extraction requires a careful medical evaluation of the patient. Patients with diabetes, hypertension, and other organ diseases must have their condition controlled before tooth extraction.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction, the doctor will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area from where the tooth will be removed. During the extraction process, you will feel some pressure. If you feel discomfort at any time, please let us know immediately!
What To Expect After Extraction Surgery
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. That being said, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene during the healing process. To aid in a speedy recovery:
- Take over-the-counter painkillers (avoid aspirin) as prescribed by the doctor.
- If antibiotics are prescribed, follow all instructions and finish the course.
- Do not exercise for at least 24 hours.
- Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
- Apply ice packs for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off to reduce swelling.
- Avoid smoking, sucking, spitting and blowing your nose.
- Eat soft foods, and gradually add solid foods back into your diet.
- Do not lie flat, as this may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
- Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
- Do not rinse the area for 24 hours after tooth removal.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to help reduce swelling.
- Brush your teeth and tongue carefully.
Pain that lasts for up to a week but is gradually getting better is normal. However, pain that starts to get worse after two days is considered abnormal and should be reported to our office immediately.
Considering A Tooth Extraction?
Our Doctors recommend the consideration of all treatment options before opting for tooth extraction. As dental technologies advance, new treatments are available to keep as many natural teeth as possible. Many dental problems that lead to extractions can be prevented with regular exams. During these exams, our doctors can often detect oral health issues long before the onset of symptoms.
It should be noted that the removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to chewing ability, jaw joints, and shifting teeth which can have a significant impact on oral health. Patients should always consider an implant, bridge, or denture after an extraction.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of an abscessed tooth it’s important seek dental help as soon as possible. To book an appointment with North East Dental Arts, call us at (814)725-4700 or request a visit. We look forward to brightening your smile.